Ministry of Truth: Shenzhen Power Plant

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.

Central Propaganda Department: Firmly reign in the degree of coverage of the Shenzhen Binhai power plant. Prevent malicious sensationalization. (May 23, 2013)

中宣部:对深圳滨海电厂的报道要把握好度,防止恶意炒作。

The plan to build the coal-burning Binhai plant was approved by Liu Tienan [zh], a senior official in the National Development and Reform Commission currently being investigated for disciplinary violations. The Shenzhen city government stated on May 21 that only research on the project has been approved, not any actual construction plans [zh]. The Guangdong Province Propaganda Department issued a directive about media coverage of Binhai on May 18.

CDT has collected the selections we translate here from a variety of sources and has checked them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.

Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The original publication date on CDT Chinese is noted after the directives; the date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.